7 flights delayed due to security concerns

Posted by: ST on August 25, 2006 at 11:31 pm


HOUSTON – A stick of dynamite was found in a college student’s checked luggage on a Continental Airlines flight from Argentina, one of seven security incidents Friday that caused U.S. flights to be diverted, evacuated, searched or delayed.

Howard McFarland Fish, 21, was charged with carrying an explosive aboard an aircraft and was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal authorities have determined that his actions were not acts of terrorism, ICE spokeswoman Luisa Deason said in a statement.

Houston Fire Department Assistant Chief Omero Longoria said Fish told authorities he works in mining and often handles explosives. Longoria said federal officials were investigating whether the explanation was true.


In other incidents:

– An American Airlines flight from England to Chicago was forced to land in Bangor, Maine, after federal officials “learned of a reported threat,” FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz said. Some people on board said a fellow passenger was handcuffed and placed in a police car as they were leaving the jetliner.

Marcinkiewicz said no one was arrested but declined to say if anyone from the flight out of Manchester was in custody.

– A US Airways jet was diverted to Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport after a federal air marshal subdued a disruptive passenger who had pushed a flight attendant, the FBI said.

The passenger was undergoing a mental evaluation, and authorities had yet to determine what criminal charges he might face. The twin-engine jet returned to flight three hours later on its trip from Phoenix to Charlotte, N.C.

– A Continental Airlines flight from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Bakersfield, Calif., was held in El Paso, one of its scheduled stops, after the crew discovered a missing panel in the lavatory, authorities said. Passengers were being screened and interviewed, Amy von Walter of the Transportation Security Administration said.

– A utility knife was found on a vacant passenger seat of a US Airways flight that had traveled from Philadelphia to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, state police said.

No arrests were made and there were no threats involved, said Master Sgt. J. Paul Vance, state police spokesman. He said it was unknown Friday whether a worker inadvertently left the knife on the plane or a passenger brought it on.

– An Aer Lingus flight from New York to Dublin was evacuated Friday morning during a scheduled stopover in western Ireland following a bomb threat that turned out to be unfounded, officials said.

– A United Airlines flight out of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was delayed because a small boy said something inappropriate, according to a government official speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information. “He didn’t want to fly,” the official said.

The Manchester-to-Chicago flight, American Airlines Flight 55, was diverted to Bangor for security reasons, Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Arlene Murray said.

The plane landed on a remote taxiway and passengers were taken by bus to a holding area, said airport manager Rebecca Hupp. State police provided bomb squad dogs, and local police provided additional assistance.

“The TSA learned of a reported threat to the aircraft while it was en route,” TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said, declining to give further details. FBI agents were interviewing passengers and crew, she added.

Marcinkiewicz, of the FBI, declined to elaborate on the source of the threat, or to say whether officials believed it to be legitimate.

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5 Responses to “7 flights delayed due to security concerns”


  1. Drewsmom says:

    What kills me is we shall soon hear those famous words
    ” THE FBI SAYS THIS IS NOT RELATED TO TERRORISM”, do these jerks know another sentence?**==:-@

  2. Tom TB says:

    The Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Shannon alert resulted from a call to the Dublin Police that named the flight number,(all flights to Dublin from America stop first in Shannon). These days all it takes is a kook, or someone with a grudge! What a world we live in!

  3. G Monster says:

    These people that are disrupting flights need to be subject to large fines. The cost to the airlines and the government is substantial. Anyone screwing around, such as the 12 guys on the German Flight should really be penalized for the cost.

  4. Marshall Art says:

    At the very least, G. Garnish wages, if necessary, until the full cost of the delay is compensated. Perhaps 30 days, might “divert” such people from taking these things so lightly. If it’s a real threat, of course, throw the book at ’em.

    I must say, pre 9/11, some of what was listed would not have even raised an eyebrow. That something that at one time was so innocuous, such as a missing panel, could cause such concern is reason enough to fight the WOT with extreme prejudice. I want my old America back, damn it, and it may never happen in my lifetime. Thanks Osama. May your wish that you not be taken alive come to pass quickly.

  5. camojack says:

    “Howard McFarland Fish, 21, was charged with carrying an explosive aboard an aircraft…”

    Somethin’ FISHY about Howard… :))